Facebook's Controversial Emotion Study May Raise FTC's Ire

Law360, New York (July 1, 2014, 9:53 PM EDT) -- This weekend's revelation that Facebook Inc. manipulated users' news feeds to study their emotional reactions has created a public firestorm, but experts predict the greatest risk to the company will come from the Federal Trade Commission, which is likely to aggressively probe how the experiment affected consumers and impacted the terms of Facebook's subsequent privacy pact with the agency.

In an attempt to determine the impact that users' emotional states have on their friends, a Facebook data scientist teamed up with researchers from Cornell University and...
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